“Global Elites” and “billionaires” have “traded ‘separation of powers’ for feudalism” reads the headline and captions on Hanne Nabintu Herland’s fresh installment of The Herland Report, which “explains why middle-class politicians are so easily corrupted.” For several years, MHProNews has periodically spotlighted the work of popular African born author and historian Hanne Nabintu Herland. Herland and others across the left-center-right spectrum have sounded the alarm about what they say is clear evidence of ever rising feudalism and authoritarianism replacing the God-given and constitutionally protected rights of citizens secured by the American Republic or other Western-style Democracies. Those items and more are found in her latest article made available to MHProNews via the WND News Center.
That will be Part I of today’s report. As author Ayn Rand famously observed: “We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” This is an arguably essential backdrop to understanding the macro-operating environment that the U.S. and our profession are operating in.
Thus, Part II will provide additional information with more MHProNews Analysis and Commentary. Part III will be our Daily Business News on MHProNews Macro and Manufactured Housing focused equities and stocks recap.
How billionaires traded ‘separation of powers’ for feudalism
Exclusive: Hanne Nabintu Herland explains why middle-class politicians are so easily corrupted
|By Hanne Nabintu Herland
|Published January 3, 2024 at 7:23pm
Read Hanne’s The Herland Report.
Back in the good ol’ days, Western nations were democratic and politicians were voted into office to protect the interests of the people. Their job was to defend national borders, secure citizens’ rights, provide justice and guard national resources from outside predators.
In order to avoid the upper classes corrupting the system and finding ways to expropriate national assets into their own hands, it was a forefront ideal to divide government power into independent branches. This was regarded as a guardian against the abuse of power by the wealthy, but also from autocratic politicians.
The French philosopher Charles Montesquieu (1689–1755) is famous for defining the need for the separation of powers between the legislative, the executive and the judicial branches of government. In a state that promotes liberty and democracy, these three have to act independently in order to prevent abuse, so that the interests of the nation would remain forefront. His book, “The Spirit of Laws,” is one of the great works in the history of political theory. It became perhaps the most important piece of political writing of the 18th century, writes Encyclopedia Britannica. It inspired both the British Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789) and the Constitution of the United States (1789).
This system would, for example, ensure that politicians running for Congress were not paid for by the same corporations they would later serve as members of the legislature, as this would lead to financial attachments that easily could sway his or her loyalty away from serving the local constituency. The job was not to be a servant for corporate interests.
This is, of course, the very opposite system from what we practice in the decadent West today, where the current globalist mega corporations depend precisely on a political system that continually serves the private interests of its billionaire owners and their lobbies – not the people. I point this out in my recent book, “The Billionaire World: How Marxism Serves the Elite.”
For example, the 2010 change in the U.S. political system, as the Supreme Court gave private corporations, not only individuals, the right to donate and pay for politicians’ rise to power, has caused the richest 0.01% accounting for 40% of all campaign contributions through corporate donations today. “This has proved to be an excellent investment in wealth preservation,” writes Yanis Varoufakis, professor of Economics at the University of Athens.
This reversing of the historical ideals that built the West is now threatening to totally end democracy. It is a system that returns us to a feudal structure of overlords upon which the population is dependent and kept in fearful subordination to. Only the politicians who are willing to carry out the will of the billionaire class will be elected in such a system, as it needs to provide the necessary political changes that will keep global markets across national barriers open and help mastodonte parent companies avoid economic burdens, such as taxation to a given country. Controlling our politicians and leading bureaucrats is essential to make this work.
The close collaboration now steadily developing between governments and private corporations may easily produce billionaire control over government funds, ensuring lavish access to them. Many politicians tend to originate from humble beginnings. Once in higher positions, some are thrilled to make the acquaintance of the ultra-rich. To travel in private jets, be invited to lavish Davos parties, circulate among the wealthy – is excitingly new to many a politician from a middle- to lower-class background.
The many photographs of leading politicians greeting, for example, billionaire Bill Gates, posing proudly with him, is a telling sign on how easy it has been for the ultra-rich to warm their entry into what these public servants control: taxpayer funds. The aim is to have governments become servants of the elite. The trend seems to be to reward weak, bureaucratic politicians with high-paying jobs in NGOs and private corporations after a career in national politics.
Four years later, the politician may have lost an election and is back at her practice as a nurse, or maybe still looking for employment – hoping to be chosen for some position at the U.N. or a billionaire-dominated non-governmental organization – while the cunning ultra-rich individual who put taxpayer money to work for his private corporation or “philanthropic foundation” still remains in position and keeps reaping billions from the investment, ushering more power than ever into his own hands.
The separation of powers is now a relic from the past. ##
Part II Additional Information with More MHProNews Analysis and Commentary
“Austrian economics, freedom, and peace” are the self-proclaimed principles that define the Mises Institute. “Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., is founder and chairman of the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, and editor of LewRockwell.com,” says the Mises Institute website. Rockwell has commented at some length about Herland’s thesis. To better appreciate his remarks about Herland, found below, some insights about the Mises Institute, including from the website’s about us page, are useful. Influence Watch says about the Mises Institute: “The Mises Institute supports the efforts of scholars worldwide to discover “the economics of freedom” which includes: “a coercive state monopoly of protective services.” 2“ Influence Watch notes that they have a graduate school dedicated to teaching their traditions. Under leadership, Influence Watch says: “Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. is the founder and chair of the Mises Institute and author of Fascism versus Capitalism.”
With those insights, The Mises Institute about us quotations below frame the published statements by Rockwell regarding Hanne Herland’s research and newest book that is referenced in her latest evidence-based op-ed found in Part I above.
WE ARE THE WORLDWIDE EPICENTER OF THE AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS MOVEMENT.
The Mises Institute, founded in 1982, teaches the scholarship of Austrian economics, freedom, and peace. The liberal intellectual tradition of Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) and Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) guides us. Accordingly, we seek a profound and radical shift in the intellectual climate: away from statism and toward a private property order. We encourage critical historical research, and stand against political correctness. The Institute serves students, academics, business leaders, and anyone seeking better understanding of the Austrian school of economics and libertarian political theory.”
MHProNews has previously cited Rockwell, but it is appropriate to reference him again to buttress the insights of Herland. Both Rockwell and Herland specifically mentioned Berkshire Hathaway, which of course has apparent market power in manufactured housing via Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corporation, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, and their previously documented outsized influence at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). In a post about her newest book dated 11.21.2023 entitled “Capitalism True and False,” Rockwell said the following.
Hanne Nabintu Herland’s The Billionaire World: How Marxism serves the Elite (2023) is a vital book that will help you understand what is going on in the world today. It will also help you to defend capitalism against objections that are all-too-common today. Herland distinguishes two kinds of capitalism: real and fake. The real kind is a voluntary society, in which people trade goods and services with each other, and everybody benefits. The fake kind is one in which a few greedy billionaires use the state to gain power and privileges for themselves. These billionaires are willing to enslave humanity to gain their nefarious ends.
Here is what Herland says about them:
“In the West, the ultra-rich own almost everything. Private investment corporations such as Blackrock, Vanguard, Capital World, Fidelity Management, Berkshire Hathaway and State Street represent capital owners who own media companies, Big Tech, Big Pharma, the military complex, and the food industry. They also fund politicians and exert strong influence over political decision makers as well as government funds and assets.”
MHProNews Notes that Herland and Rockwell have both cited Berkshire Hathaway and Gates.
These investment companies have become so powerful that they control most of the world’s capital. Whichever industry you take a look at, you easily find many of the top shareholders, decision makers and names among the ten leading institutional investors. …”
These mastodonte companies completely dominate our way of life, what we eat, drink, watch on TV, what we wear, and who we vote for. They are the rulers of social media, the mainstream media, Hollywood, and most of the entertainment business.”
Having explained the impact on citizens and consumers, Rockwell points out the implications this has for employees.
To an employee, this economic entanglement has vast implications. In order to keep their job and be able to put food on the table, journalists and editors alike have to exhibit their willingness to agree with the narrative being pushed. If they object to the politically correct groupthink, they’re out.”
Rockwell specifically mentioned the news media in that picture. With that in mind, recall or dive into the ground-breaking video with annotated transcript posted below. It features media insiders specifically making those very allegations. While Herland or Rockwell might be thought of as center right, the voices featured below are routinely from the left. Yet both are making very similar assertions about the state of “democracy” (more appropriately the U.S. is a Constitutional Republic which has democratic features) in the U.S.
Words and their meaning matter. Brittanica defined a republic as follows.
Republic, form of government in which a state is ruled by representatives of the citizen body. Modern republics are founded on the idea that sovereignty rests with the people…Because citizens do not govern the state themselves but through representatives, republics may be distinguished from direct democracy…”
Returning to Rockwell’s review of Herland, he said the following.
The desired narrative [of the corporate powers and their elites] is structured to produce the highest possible capital gain for the news business’ super-rich owners, with the blessing of media leaders, government officials, leading politicians, and the academic elite.
People usually think of Marxism as the enemy of the super-rich, but in fact the billionaires and the Marxists are allied to overthrow Western civilization:
“This is a point the book ponders over. It would have been close to impossible for the billionaire class to succeed without the weakening of the Western social culture. The reference here is precisely to the remarkable socialist revolt against classical, Western values such as the demand for individual accountability, the right to own the fruit of one’s own labour, the establishment of decentralized government and independent institutions, private property rights, and equality, regardless of race, class, or gender; to precisely the Marxist aim of crushing social stability to impose a centralized government and the atheist world order, destroying the “bourgeois” family structure and the nation-state, and repressing free speech and critical thinking for those who oppose the left-wing narrative. . .Fear was key to create an obedient population under Joseph Stalin and fear is the key word today.”
After reading this, you may wonder, “Who is Hanne Herland? Why should we believe what she says? The distinguished and astute Paul Craig Roberts explains and summarizes her views:
“Hanna Herland is a leading intellect of the Western world. She is a defender of civilization and Christian morality and a stalwart opponent of the Satanic forces that are attacking our civilization. In her new book, The Billionaire World, she explains the variety of assaults on Western civilization that are undermining the belief systems and cohesiveness of Western countries. Among them are the concentration of wealth in a few hands, the weaponization of scholarship by Cultural Marxists, the transformation of education into indoctrination, a declining sense of duty and responsibility on the part of governments, and the erosion of Christian morality.
Wealth concentration brings information control. Herland explains that the voices of people have been silenced by the enormous control exercised by monopolies and interlocking directorships of a handful of immensely rich entities…”
Sounding the alarm is not a competition. It is a collaboration among those who may share 70, 80, or 90 percent similar views and are trying to inform and rouse the public and their respective circles of influence.
That said, what Herland and Rockwell said are the flip side of part of Democratic candidate for that party’s presidential nomination turned independent, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (RFK Jr.). Kennedy has asserted, as MHProNews has reported, that there is a growing nexus between corporate power and government control. While some on the left and Team Biden hate Kennedy for his message, he is quite obviously one of their own. He is a liberal, or a leftist. Kennedy, and attorney and “lifelong Democrat,” asserted that the Democratic party has rigged the nomination process in favor of Biden.
Though Kennedy and Trump share some views, they are not to be confused with each other on several topics of importance. That’s a significant point, because when people from differing social, economic, ethnic, or political perspectives are pointing to similar or the same details, those items bear more scrutiny. For instance.
Kennedy has repeatedly ripped Gates, who as noted is a close Buffett ally and a holder of Berkshire stock both in his own investment fund and also in the Gates Foundation. Buffett led Berkshire is one often listed among the top ten richest men on the planet. Buffett has at times reportedly been the wealthiest man on earth. In a “Billionaire’s World,” to have two of the wealthiest men in the U.S. and on Earth involved in corporate, nonprofit, media, and political processes are facts that ought to be carefully examined if the “operating environment” of manufactured housing to “expand the demand” for manufactured homes – as MHI’s IRS Form 990 claims under penalties of perjury – is to be properly understood.
Left-leaning attorney turned award winning journalist, Glenn Greenwald, has repeatedly sounded the alarm about several of the same issues that Herland and Rockwell are in the items cited above. The point is that people from the center-right and those on the liberal-progressive-leftist spectrum have on several occasions pointed to similar concerns.
Herland and Rockwell both indicated how this could be developing without much fanfare from mass media or mainstream media. Quoting: “These mastodonte companies completely dominate our way of life, what we eat, drink, watch on TV, what we wear, and who we vote for. They are the rulers of social media, the mainstream media, Hollywood, and most of the entertainment business.” The Cambridge Dictionary defines mastodonte: “something or someone enormous and clumsy.” Once more, the largely progressive docurama Shadows of Liberty linked here repeatedly makes very similar points.
Those points noted, there ought to be no real debate or question about these claimed concerns. Because Warren Buffett himself has spelled it out, as has his buddy, financial, and nonprofit ally Gates.
Years before Herland’s book and Rockwell’s remarks, MHLivingNews made several of the same points that they recently did.
To further underscore the part of the root issue are oligopoly style monopolists is the following quote from (the now late) Sam Zell.
Why aren’t they brought to heel by state and/or federal level antitrust enforcers? While there are several possible factors to consider, Herland and Rockwell say it is because they have essentially eroded the separation of powers that are supposed to protect citizens from such threats.
There Is Still Time and Opportunities to Fight Back
Those who work for the companies owned by Berkshire and their allies still have an ability to influence unfolding events. Hold that thought as examples are provided.
Theranos and its leaders was once hailed by Obama and Biden, among others. Their leaders are now convicted of their crimes are in prison. As was reported by AP on April 7, 2023, and referenced by Bing Copilot in the response below, the leaders of Theranos are now in prison.
Elizabeth Holmes, the former CEO of Theranos, has been taken into custody to begin serving her 11-year sentence at a Texas prison for swindling investors of hundreds of millions of dollars and lying about her biotech company’s blood-testing technology12. Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, another former Theranos executive, will be heading to prison later this month after an appeals court rejected his bid to remain free while he contests his conviction for carrying out a blood-testing hoax with his former boss and lover, Elizabeth Holmes3.”
Sam Bankman Fried (SBF of FTX infamy) was found guilty on all counts by a jury last year.
Based on insights from Indeed and other sources, it appears that thousands of employees of some of the apparent ‘insider’ firms operating at MHI are unhappy. It is often unhappy people who become whistleblowers.
Oligopoly style monopolization is costing U.S. employees potentially 17 percent higher pay, per experts.
As Herland, Rockwell, and others have noted the education profession is infected by these billionaires and their corporate donations too.
It is the ugly 8 letter word “monopoly” and its pernicious effects on virtually every aspect of the economy, politics, news, big tech, and society that is becoming better understood as a threat. A strong majority among Democrats, Republicans, and independents have per this recent survey come to that conclusion.
The following was an inquiry to Bing Copilot.
> “MHProNews author L. A. Tony Kovach has pointed out previously that several high profile schemes have operated successfully in the U.S. for years, before they were finally brought down, often by whistleblowers. He has cited Enron, Madoff, Theranos and SBF among the examples. Can you elaborate on that thesis?”
Certainly! L. A. Tony Kovach’s thesis is that several high-profile schemes have operated successfully in the U.S. for years before they were finally brought down, often by whistleblowers. He has cited Enron, Madoff, Theranos and SBF as examples1234.
Enron was an energy company that committed accounting fraud, which led to its bankruptcy in 2001. The company’s executives were found guilty of conspiracy, insider trading, and securities fraud1.
Bernie Madoff was a financier who executed the largest Ponzi scheme in history, defrauding thousands of investors out of tens of billions of dollars over the course of several decades. He was sentenced to 150 years in prison2.
Theranos was a health technology company that claimed to have developed a revolutionary blood testing method that could detect diseases with just a pinprick of blood. However, the company’s technology was ineffective, and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, was charged with fraud and conspiracy3.
SBF is a cryptocurrency exchange that is accused of using its customers’ money to make highly leveraged trades behind closed doors. It subsequently lost FTX users’ funds, all without their permission, and publicly lied about it4.
Whistleblowers have played a crucial role in exposing these fraudulent schemes. They have brought attention to abuses of government or large corporations and have helped to hold those responsible accountable for their actions1.”
Note that Bing AI driven Copilot, a Microsoft (Bill Gates linked) service, cited examples of evidence supporting the contention of those concerns published by MHLivingNews and MHProNews. This was the follow up to the reply above.
> “Can you link some of the articles and websites where Kovach’s thesis have been published?”
Certainly! Here are some articles and websites where L. A. Tony Kovach’s thesis has been published:
- Manufactured Home Pro News: Several Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Members Including Manufactured Home Community Owner/Operator Companies and Datacomp Hit by Big Antitrust Lawsuit; plus MHVille Markets Update1
- Manufactured Home Pro News: Home – Masthead L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach2
- Manufactured Home Living News: Billions in Economic Harm to Millions of Mobile Home and Manufactured Homeowners – FHFA Attorney Kevin Sheehan Responds to Mobile and Manufactured Home Living News Publisher’s Concern3
- Baptist News: Why is there still ‘no room’ for so many homeless in America this Christmas?4
Those are just some of the places where that thesis has been provided to inquiring minds.
A special report is being prepared on how management and employees could tap into the whistleblowing potential that has brought the U.S., and our profession, to this relative low point. When some 70 percent of the country thinks the U.S. is on the wrong track, that’s a red flag. When some 70 percent of the country believe that the U.S. is a rigged system, that is a red flag. Herland, Rockwell, and others are onto something that should make all people of good will lean in, learn more, and take action as best they can. The system can work. But the time is running short. MHProNews Programming Note: watch for a special report planned for the near term. ###
Part III – is our Daily Business News on MHProNews stock market recap which features our business-daily at-a-glance update of over 2 dozen manufactured housing industry stocks.
This segment of the Daily Business News on MHProNews is the recap of yesterday evening’s market report, so that investors can see at glance the type of topics may have influenced other investors. Thus, our format includes our signature left (CNN Business) and right (Newsmax) ‘market moving’ headlines.
The macro market move graphics below provide context and comparisons for those invested in or tracking manufactured housing connected equities. Meaning, you can see ‘at a glance’ how manufactured housing connected firms do compared to other segments of the broader equities market.
In minutes a day readers can get a good sense of significant or major events while keeping up with the trends that are impacting manufactured housing connected investing.
Reminder: several of the graphics on MHProNews can be opened into a larger size. For instance: click the image and follow the prompts in your browser or device to OPEN In a New Window. Then, in several browsers/devices you can click the image and increase the size. Use the ‘x out’ (close window) escape or back key to return.
Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from 1.8.2024
- FCC chairwoman ‘urgently’ calls on Congress to fund lapsing internet subsidies for millions
- An empty office space in a building in San Francisco, California, US, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023. San Francisco’s office vacancy rate reached a record 34% in the third quarter, according to the real estate brokerage CBRE Group.
- Office space vacancies hit a record high
- Patrons shop for produce at a Mr. Pina Market in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023.
- US consumer debt soared to new heights in the run-up to the holiday season
- Tracy Kasper resigned as president of the National Association of Realtors.
- National Association of Realtors president steps down, alleging blackmail threat
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- Pat McAfee doesn’t ‘take back anything’ after accusing ESPN executive of sabotaging show
- Boeing stock drops as Alaska Airlines incident adds to woes
- Apple iPhone 15 smartphones at the company’s Grand Central store in New York, US, on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023.
- Apple faces epochal moment with looming antitrust scrutiny
- Alaska Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Oregon after window appears to have blown out after takeoff.
- A terrifying 10 minute flight adds to years of Boeing’s quality control problems
- Tiger Woods of the United States during the final round of the PNC Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on December 17, 2023 in Orlando, Florida.
- Tiger Woods and Nike are splitting up
- IRS will start accepting 2023 tax returns on January 29
- OpenAI claims copyright lawsuit from The New York Times is ‘without merit’
- Saudi media group MBC worth nearly $3 billion after hot market debut
- Fourth round of documents from lawsuit connected to Jeffrey Epstein unsealed
- Apple announces when the Vision Pro will go on sale
- Welcome to the first real trading week of 2024
- Alaska and United cancel more than 300 flights Monday because of the 737 Max 9 grounding
- China says a foreign consultant was found to be spying for Britain’s MI6
- China to sanction 5 US manufacturers over arms sales to Taiwan
- Ex-chairman of China Everbright Group expelled from Communist Party
- Radio broadcaster Audacy files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
- Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes grounded after Alaska Airlines emergency landing, leading to travel delays and cancellations
- What to expect at CES 2024: AI, AI and more AI
- Bill Ackman calls out MIT, Business Insider as wife Neri Oxman faces plagiarism accusations